|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1849|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1876|
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Lt Harrington graduated from the United States Military Academy on June 14, 1872. In October 1872 he was assigned to Company C, 7th U.S. Cavalry in Charlotte N.C.
The commanding officer of Company C was two time Medal of Honor recipient Capt Tom Custer. Capt Custer was also the brother of LTC George Armstrong Custer.
As a member of Company C, Lt Harrington participated in Yellowstone Expedition of 1873. In 1874 he was listed as the post adjutant for Fort Rice in the Dakota Territory. During July & August of 1874, he was part of the 7th Cavalry's Black Hills Expedition.
Prior to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Harrington accompanied the Maj Reno's scout up the Poweder River.
At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Harrington was the Acting Commander of Company C, because Capt Custer had been assigned as LTC Custer's aide-de-camp.
During the Battle of the Little Bighorn it is believed C Company took a position on the right flank of Lt James Calhoun's Company L on what is today called Calhoun Ridge. After the battle 15 bodies, including two sergeants, from C Company were found in this area...but not Harrington's. Nor was any of his clothing or personal property ever recovered after battle.
Lakota warrior accounts of the battle revealed that one soldier from the suspected area of C Company's skirmish line was able to break free and flee northward from the battlefield. This soldier, while whipping his horse with a revolver, either fatally shot himself accidently or on purpose. Some researchers believe this soldier could have been Harrington, who was known to be mounted on one of the fastest horses in the 7th.
Initially the bodies of those killed during the battle were buried where they had been found. In 1881 all known battlefield remaines were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.
Lt Harrington was survived by a wife and two children.
Little Big Horn Battlefield
Big Horn County
Plot: Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
Created by: Randy
Record added: Oct 14, 2006
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